D.C. United owner Victor B. MacFarlane met with a group of Maryland state senators today and told them he is committed to moving his team to a new stadium in Prince George's County. And the team and county leaders have scheduled a news conference Monday to announce that they will introduce a legislative bill in the state house authorizing United to move to the county and work with the Maryland Stadium Authority.It has taken too long for the most successful franchise in MLS to get a stadium deal and I hope that the stadium will be built in the next couple of years.
"We think there will be a huge benefit to bringing DC United to Prince George's County," he told them.
MacFarlane has threatened to move out of D.C. before. But his renewed courtship of the Prince George's contingent comes less than two weeks after the District government's development partner dropped out of a deal at Poplar Point, MacFarlane's favored location for a new 27,000-seat stadium. United has played at 48-year-old Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium since the franchise was founded in the mid-1990s.
United is committed to building a 24,000 seat urban stadium in Prince George's, MacFarlane told the Marylane legislators. He said the team is looking at three sites -- two at the Morgan Blvd. Metro Station and one at the Largo Town Center Metro Station.
For those without the geography knowledge, Prince George's County is on the eastern side of DC and the Morgan Blvd and Largo Town Center areas are just about in the middle of the county. Large Town Center is also not far from Fed Ex field, where the Washington Redskins throwball team plays. Once again DC's loss is Maryland's gain.
My only hope for the stadium right now is that it is set up for expansion later if necessary. Getting Barra Brava and the Screaming Eagles in a 24,000 seat stadium will create a fabulous atomosphere and with the size of the stadium and DC's ability to regularly draw 20,000+ for games (even Thursday games) will make a huge impact.
I would also imagine that the Washington Freedom of the WPS will also likely use the facility.